Christy Hemme is backstage alongside Mr. Anderson. Anderson says he's going to make this short and sweet. He says he's all about checking things off his personal bucket list. Beat Kurt Angle, check. Put Abyss away once and for all, check. Send Pope back to the Harlem Street corner where he belongs, you might as well check it. Anderson is one match away from a title shot. Anderson says the Pope better say his prayers, because he's about to be excommunicated by... you know.
JB is with Dinero. Pope says that Anderson holds no status with Pope, and he doesn't respect it, so he'll call Anderson, Junior. Pope says tonight he'll step in the ring, and everyone will declare that the Pope's prophecies are true. Pope says he's going to give Anderson two slaps, and the DDE, Pope is jumped by Hall and Syxx Pac, who beat on Pope an slam him into the TNA set. Hall says they heard Hogan was having a party, then he says don't turn your back on the WolfPac.
8 Card Stud Finals
D'Angelo Dinero vs. Mr. Anderson
Pope's music hits first, and it doesn't look like he's going to be making it out in this one. His music is cut, and the announcers play dumb. Anderson's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring.
The referee rings the bell, and Anderson tells him to count. The referee starts the ten count. Pope finally crawls out at 7, but Anderson charges down the ramp with a big clothesline. Anderson breaks the count again, and beats on the Pope some more on the ring apron. Anderson catches Pope with a right hand, and he goes back to break the count yet again.
Anderson continues to pound away on Pope and he brags about how easy it is. Pope catches Anderson with a slap, and this one's turned into a match. Pope and Anderson fight down to the floor and both men finally make it into the ring. Anderson immediately bails and the fight spills to the ringside area. Anderson catches Pope with a knee and a blow across the back before launching Pope into the ring steps. Anderson breaks the count.
Styles and Flair are shown watching in the back. Anderson pounds on Dinero on the outside before breaking the count again. Anderson makes his way back into the ring and allows the ref to count, but Dinero makes it back to the apron, where he's immediately knocked off by Anderson.
Pope is able to make it back to the apron again, and this time he catches Anderson with a shoulder to the gut. Pope starts to come back with a couple of strikes, but when he goes for a suplex, he's not able to connect, and Anderson reverses it instead. Anderson goes for the pin, but he only gets two. Anderson sends Pope flying into the corner, and follows it up with a kick to the top of the head.
Pope comes back with a slap and a small package, but Anderson kicks out and is right back on the offensive. Anderson tries for a couple of covers, but he can't hold Pope down. Anderson chokes Pope on the bottom rope. Pope blocks Anderson and sends him into the corner, coming in with a series of rights and lefts, but Anderson is quick to fight back with a bevy of strikes of his own. Anderson again chokes at Pope. Anderson locks in a rear chin lock.
Pope fights out, and he's able to duck a couple of clotheslines, but Anderson catches him with a knee. Anderson tries for another pin, but he still can't keep Dinero down. Anderson stomps away at Pope, just continuing to work over the ribs. Anderson hits a short arm clothesline, but it's still only good for a near fall.
Anderson locks in another rear chin lock, and takes Pope down to the mat, but it's not long before Pope is able to fight back up to his feet. Pope fights out of the submission with elbows and a series of forearms. He takes Anderson down with a clothesline. Pope hits an inverted atomic drop and follows it up with a shoulder block. Pope hits a suplex, and follows it up with a German suplex. He tries for another, but Anderson fights out. Pope hits an STO, but he only gets a two count. Anderson cuts off Pope with a knee to the midsection and a clubbing blow to the back. Pope comes out of nowhere with the 4 Up. Pope hits the double knees to the chest, but Anderson kicks out at two.
Anderson comes back with a big clothesline, and he calls down the microphone. He says the crowd is one mic check away from the next number one contender. Anderson goes for the mic check, and connects. Anderson pins Pope, but Pope kicks out at two, and Anderson looks shocked.
Anderson flips out, hits a Finlay roll, goes to the top, and tries for a swanton bomb, but Pope moves out of the way. Pope dodges a charging Anderson and he responds with a double knees to the back. Pope pins Anderson, and this one is over. We have a new Number 1 Contender.
Winner and NEW #1 Contender: D'Angelo Dinero
They air replays of the main event and that's it.
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